Who’s smart or not,
friendly, sneaky, silly –
at school, you know who’s who…
Last class of the day, then off they go in all directions – friends and bullies, foster kids and only kids, thinking about homework, thinking of anything but school.
In your neighborhood, everybody knows whose mama is fighting cancer again and where the mean dog lives.
Things that folks don’t know: why Cynthia tells jokes on Cinder’s Stage every day at 3:33, how loud the anxiety roars in Ty’s head, what Pia is thinking as she skateboards everywhere.
This “tale told in ten blocks” by Black kids interweaves friendship, family histories, new attraction, and old memories.
Work on your own story with help from the author; Jason Reynolds has started the “Write, Right, Rite” project as National Ambassador for Children’s Literature.
What do you think about on the way home from school?
Book info: Look Both Ways: a Tale Told in Ten Blocks / Jason Reynolds; illustrations by Alexander Nabaum. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2019. [author site] [artist site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.